These images purport to show mobilised Russian troops training to use BMD-4 infantry fighting vehicles at the rear in Ukraine.
The images show the mobilised Russian soldiers receiving instructions before getting into one of the vehicles.
One of the BMD infantry fighting vehicles can then be seen opening fire on mock enemies.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday, 8th February, along with a statement claiming: “In the rear area of the zone of the special military operation, BMD-4M crews, staffed by mobilised military personnel, are being trained.
“The squad leader from among the instructors with combat experience of the Northern Military District set the task for the crew of the combat vehicle to destroy the mock enemy.
“After occupying regular places inside the combat vehicle, the crew began to work out the training task.
“With reaching the line of opening fire, all targets are hit by well-aimed fire at a maximum distance from a 100-mm smoothbore gun, with closer contact, a mock enemy is destroyed from a 30-mm automatic gun and a 7.62-mm PKT machine gun.
“When working out the withdrawal, after completing the firing task, the gunner-operator launched smokes, under the cover of which the driver leaves the firing line at maximum speed, skillfully manoeuvring between obstacles.
“Training takes place every day for several hours in conditions as close as possible to combat.
“Daily exercises at the training ground bring a positive result and soon all the crews will join the regular units of the Airborne Forces, with the further fulfilment of the assigned combat missions.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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